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Records, 1850-1932, of the Rutledge
     and Young Law Firm (Charleston, S.C.)

    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2004

| Gifts to Manuscripts 2004 | Front Page 2004 | Friends of the Library | Endowments |

One thousand, one hundred forty manuscripts, January 1850-30 December 1932 and undated, records of Rutledge and Young law firm, of Charleston, consist of legal correspondence, accounts, receipts, and miscellaneous legal instruments—bonds, wills, real estate titles, marriage settlements, and guardianships.

The bulk of the collection is Reconstruction-era bankruptcy claims. Clients were from across the Palmetto State and as far away as New York City and Manitowoc, Wis. Of considerable interest is a single 1901 Confederate widow’s indigent pension application filed by Emily S. Rudolph Bachlot, of St. Mary’s, Ga. The pensioner, a sixty-two-year-old widow and asthmatic, was unable to work due to her infirmity and had lived since her husband’s death in 1895 solely through the support of her son.

Col. Benjamin Huger Rutledge and Maj. Henry Edward Young practiced at 26 Broad Street until Rutledge’s death in 1893. Since the 1830s the address had been occupied by a family of two men who also practiced law. In 1893 Young moved his office to 28 Broad Street, and in 1901 his son Arthur Rutledge Young joined him as partner. The firm became known as Hagood, Rivers & Young in 1915 with the additions of Benjamin Adger Hagood, Moultrie Rutledge Rivers, and George Lamb Buist Rivers. The firm took on its present name in 1965 and is now known as Young, Clement, Rivers and Tisdale, still occupying the same building.

This page updated 8 April 2004
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